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November 26th, 2011, 07:23 PM
KimberlyAnn327's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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Honestly, we don't go a lot of places with Rayne. Sometimes in the morning I will take the younger 3 kids with me to drop off Asher at preschool. It's a 15-20 minute drive. She is usually crying by the end of it. Tonight we dropped Brett off at a preschool, stopped to get gas and then drove to church. She refused to take her pacifier and just screamed and screamed. She was doing a bit of that on the way home but eventually took her pacifier and fell asleep.
But I was thinking that it might just be because she's not used to it? I don't like going out with the younger kids. We all went to drop Asher off on Wednesday because I wanted dh to know where his classroom is for when the twins come. Jordan screamed pretty much the whole time and made a huge scene. And I kept having to chase Rayne because she would run off. It was pretty bad. I especially hate it when dh isn't there to help.
But I go grocery shopping alone. I'd rather go alone in the evening or on the weekend when it's busier just to not have to take the kids. I often leave the younger 2 home with dh while I drop off and pick up Asher at preschool and other than that, I don't really go out.
She used to be fine in the car, even not going out a lot. I'm wondering if turning her around might help. She is still RF but she is nearly 15 months and well past the minimum weight limit. I know her staying RF is safer but the constant screaming in the car isn't very fun for anyone. What are your thoughts?

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November 26th, 2011, 07:35 PM
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Are maybe the straps too tight or Maybe need to be raised up? I'm all for RF as lOng as possible... So I hope you are able to figure out what's going on!!! Keep us posted...

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November 26th, 2011, 08:55 PM
LifenTheFastLane's Avatar Mommy 2 Rhys~Rhylee~Jessa
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I am no help, Jessa has been ff since she was 12 months, her carseat is pretty nice and comfy to..or so it seems. lol but she SCREAMS EVERY.SINGLE.TIME we go anywhere in the car.. and I take her brother to and from school every day..she goes with me every where I go.. so it's not like she is not used to riding in the car..but she HATES It..and nothing I have done helps! However Courtney was saying how she put on a video in her car for Ryker and he was quiet..lol This is the only thing I have yet to do..may be worth the $$ for my sanity bc its seriously makes me want to rip my hair out on top of her crying and the boys fighting..lol..
Didn't mean to hijack. but I know how you feel..and I feel for you!! My kids fight, scream , yell and act a fool even more so in public and I hate taking them places like the grocery store but I don't have a option..ugh so Kim you are not alone.. maybe something simple will fix the issue.. ill be thinking of you.
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November 27th, 2011, 10:44 AM
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All my kids have liked the car, so no advice for you-sorry. I take the younger 2 someone every day M-F, either to the YMCA, storytime, or errands and usually on the weekends we're going, but hubby is around to help then places too. Most of Teresa's naps start in the car. Thankfully she still fits well in her bucket so I just bring it in the hosue when we get home if she has fallen asleep on the ride.
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November 27th, 2011, 01:27 PM
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Max was like that for awhile, but has been a ton better since I switched the location of his car seat. However, I honestly believe that it's safer to have her FF and calmer and to allow you to focus and be a safe driver. If she's screaming and you're stressed and speeding or turning around to try to calm her and totally distracted, that's not safe for any of the kids.
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November 27th, 2011, 02:29 PM
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Kensley had this fit when she was younger and grew out of it. I think part of it is a phase, and part of it may be that she wants to see things! I'd ditto checking the straps and such to make sure they don't need to be raised or released a bit more.

Kellen's kind of funny in the car seat. Sometimes, he's as happy as a clam and other times, it's a real struggle to get him in and get him quiet. I bring snacks for him and toys and such. Sometimes, this helps.
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November 27th, 2011, 06:15 PM
WomanInTheMoon's Avatar Courtney
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Baby Einstein. Ryker has never been good, but in the last 3 weeks it's gotten so bad I was crying on Friday. Sat we had to drive for 2 hours and we tied hubs tablet pc to the headrest with a dog leash. lol I really wanted to see if it would help before I spent the money on a DVD player.

I will never get in the car with my child again without that thing on. I bought a DVD player today. It was a LIFE saver!

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November 27th, 2011, 06:56 PM
mrsdaiwa24's Avatar Amy, soon-to-be-mama of 2
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Whenever we go anywhere, Betsy has her "car lovie" and usually brings an extra stuffed animal with her. (The "car lovie" never leaves the car, so she associates it with driving and being in her car seat.) If we're going to be in the car for longer than 15 minutes, I give her a sippy cup with water in it. I take her hat off and have been giving her a blanket for her legs. For the most part, all of this makes her pretty content -- when she cries, it's not because she doesn't want to be in the car (the lovie has fallen, she's thrown the cup, she's tired). But then again, she's used to spending long periods of time in the car because of our school day commutes.

Good luck! I hope you can find a solution soon!
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